Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode to start shooting in April

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 December 2012
Matt Smith at Asylum of the Daleks screening

Matt Smith who portrays the Doctor

Work on the 50th anniversary episode of 'Doctor Who' will begin in April 2013

The 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary episode will start shooting in April.

The iconic BBC One sci-fi series reaches its milestone birthday in November 2013 and the crew and the cast will assemble in the spring to work on the feature-length special.

Rumours have been rife that former Doctors David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston will return to the show and appear alongside Matt Smith, the Eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord, but nothing is yet to be confirmed.

Matt has promised fans the episode will be as "big and bold and as brilliant" as it can.

Before the anniversary, the second half of Series 7 will be broadcast - starting in April 2013 - and showrunner Steven Moffat has been talking up novelist Neil Gaiman's episode which sees the return of the Doctor's arch-nemesis the Cybermen.

Speaking to SFK magazine, he said: "We've got Neil Gaiman doing the Cybermen - part of the impulse there was to say, 'Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?' I thought Neil would be a good match for that."

Neil won critical acclaim for his first foray into the world of 'Doctor Who' by bringing the Doctor's spacecraft the TARDIS alive in his adventure 'The Doctor's Wife'.

Steven also thinks fans should be excited about Mark Gatiss' next episode which has some great guest stars and is rumoured to feature the return of a foe from the classic series.

He said: "We've got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss - all period dramas will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It's absolutely glorious."

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